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Dallas Cowboys Waive Troy Aikman

March 7, 2001

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ No longer convinced that Troy Aikman can stay healthy enough to be their starter, the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday waived the quarterback who led them to three Super Bowl titles.

Agent Leigh Steinberg told The Associated Press that the team began the waiver process early Wednesday. A statement from Aikman and the Cowboys was expected later in the afternoon.

Steinberg declined to comment further, saying only: ``We will wait and see if he clears waivers and proceed from there.″

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones probably would have preferred to see the 34-year-old Aikman retire after 12 seasons _ and nearly as many concussions _ but his desire to keep playing left the team with little choice.

Jones had to make the move by Thursday or else pay Aikman a $7 million bonus and extend his contract through 2007. He will still take up $10 million of Dallas’ $67.4 million salary cap this season.

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